Skip to main content

Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

See other formats

America and Great Britain, yet now they were passing in silence over the
wrongs endured by Poland at the hands of Russia.     By their silence
they agreed with  the  ruthless  liquidation  of the   Home  Army, the
imprisonment of Poland's leaders  and the trial staged by  Moscow,
they agreed with the annihilation of Europe's hope and trust in the
British and American pledges and promises.   They washed their hands
of the tragedy of Poland,  the impending doom of Europe and the
" sovereign   equality   of peace-loving   nations,"   rendering   valueless,
the enormous sacrifices of humanity in its desperate struggle for freedom.
The most obvious fact was that the Second Great War,, begun within
the frontiers and in the area occupied by the peoples of the Western
World, had come to an end with most of Europe under the rule of a
Power alien to that world. . . . The greatest war of all times which
had been waged against the enforcement of the will of a stronger state
on its weaker neighbours, was to culminate in the recognition of this
terrifying aggression which now embraced, together with over half of
Europe, one-third of the population of the Western World> that is, one-
third of those peoples to whom freedom for the individual and freedom
for the expression of his thoughts, was the focal point of existence, those
peoples, who were of the persuasion that their individual lives should
be merged into the life of a community moulded on those ideals of
democracy which had emanated from Greece and Rome, and had been
revived by the Renaissance, and the French, American, Polish revolu-
tions.   As a result of the Second Great War the frontier between the
Western World and the area of " human slavery and pagan brutality,"
a gigantic c Curzon Line' had been shifted some seven hundred miles
westward inside Europe, to the Dardanelles, to the Alps, to the Elbe . ..
An alien Power found itself in possession of the population of the Western
World numbering as great as its own—it was a population infinitely more
cultured and having a higher standard of life ... It was not difficult
to forsee that the Russians, owing to their system of government could
not unite with such people as these and as a military police State, permit
them to live in freedom.   Therefore Russia was capable of solving this
problem only in the most primitive of ways ... by the destruction of
the economic and moral foundations of those nations within its grip.
The historian of the future will no doubt find cause to comment on
the suicidal bravery of Poland. Like her other neighbours she had had
it within her power to buy peace and the life of millions of her citizens,
to avoid the destruction of all her national assets at a price . . . recog-
nition of Hitler's sovereignty. There was, however, no similar possibility
of buying Soviet * friendship,* for the clasp of Russians hand has always
been fatal to her weaker neighbour, and any alliance with her could only
result in the annihilation of Poland politically and economically by the
process of sovietisation.